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Neighbors worried about plan to bring business to their backyards

Posted April 6, 2013

— Just the name Cobble Stone subdivision brings visions of a time gone by.

For James Lucas, it brings feelings of one thing - home.

“It’s quiet and peaceful, and it’s real nice,” he said. “It’s a real nice neighborhood.”

Lucas has lived in the community, near New Hope and Buffaloe roads, for 18 years. Neighbor Dan Giddens has him beat by two.

“If you asked me today, I’d say keep it like it is,” he said. “Develop residential.”

Both men join many of their neighbors who are concerned about a proposal that could put a Sheetz convenience store right on the corner, outside the neighborhood.

“Just from the increase in traffic, the potential for vagrancy – just the 24/7 in your backyard is not what you want,” Giddens said. “And the privacy concerns as well.”

Right now, the land is vacant. But Fannie B. Buffaloe Trust has filed a request with the City of Raleigh to rezone the parcel from residential to neighborhood business.

“If the issue was traffic, the applicant has to put forward a mitigation plan to mitigate the traffic,” city Planning Director Mitchell Silver said.

The homeowners think putting a convenience store there would be a mistake.

“Not in my backyard,” Giddens said.

Right now, the matter is in the hands of the Raleigh Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to City Council. Council will then cast a final vote to approve or disapprove the project.


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  • mmtlash Apr 9, 2013


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  • MyOwnTwoCents Apr 8, 2013

    It was not open land. There was a house there and a horse farm. And it is zoned residential. Please people do your homework before making comments.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Apr 8, 2013

    You should not live that close to downtown in a city like Raleigh and at a open intersection like that and expect something not to come eventually.

  • MyOwnTwoCents Apr 8, 2013

    Superman, you are so wrong to say that these people don't like it they should just move. Most of these homeowners have lived there for a long time. They know the area and what it needs more than you or the developers or even the city for that matter. With the city's comprehensive plan and urban development proposals....what is a 24/7 12 pump gas station on a corner doing for anyone? nothing! that is what is wrong with this city and why it isn't living up to its potential. The city should know better than to put a gas station at this intersection. Grow small business, put something there the community will use. That area is flooded with gas stations it doesn't need another one.

  • superman Apr 8, 2013

    How would you feel if the people next door to you paint their house pink with lavender shutters? Pink flamingos and an old car seat in the front yard? If you dont like the gas station maybe you just need to relocate.

  • superman Apr 8, 2013

    We have the same problem except they built a church near us. Increased traffic is a problem. Much rather have had a gas station that we would have benefited from.

    As for zoning your house could be one thing and the land next door or down the street can be zoned differently. Otherside there would be "NO ZONING" There has to be some area somewhere where the zone changes. The entire city, county, state or nation would have to be zoned residential. Could be possible that the area was zoned commercial and the builder had it rezoned residential. I say let them build the gas station. We all benefit from lower gas prices.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 8, 2013

    "I think these people are confused when they say not in my back yard. If it was really their back yard then Sheetz wouldn't be able to build there. If they don't like it they need to pool together finances and buy the land. Until such time they have no say as to what goes there."

    Actually they do have a say. They might consider a lawsuit. The current zoning is RESIDENTIAL. When people buy homes in areas zoned as residential they have every right to expect that is the purpose for which adjoining property will be used. Sure the city can change the zoning, but effectively they would then be saying they could care less about their constituents.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 8, 2013

    "If the issue was traffic, the applicant has to put forward a mitigation plan to mitigate the traffic,” city Planning Director Mitchell Silver said."

    What nonsense. This is a business that THRIVES on traffic. Knowing the greedy pols, they will rezone this parcel.

  • common tater Apr 8, 2013

    Yeah Rocket obviously isn't short for rocket scientist. There's plenty of controls on what is built where...including zoning. That's why this is in the news...if the land was zoned for a gas station, they would need a zoning change. I sympathize with the homeowners...but if it means tax dollars for the city, they usually approve it.